Christianity and Social Justice isn’t a modern debate. Augustine held that God can command the rich to give to the poor. The poor can’t demand from the rich.
A new concept of victimhood has arisen. WIth it, a new concept of justice, a concept of justice divorced from the Christian view of responsibility.
The doctrine of double effect is a Christian teaching going back to Aquinas. It is commonly attacked today, with T.M. Scanlon leading the charge. If Scanlon is correct, pro-life arguments have just gotten harder.
Robert Dabney was the Southern Presbyterian theologian and professor of ethics during the late 1800s, who provides a helpful polemic against moral relativism.
There is a developing renaissance of historic conservatism, in part due to many recent translations, among which is the nineteenth century German legal theorist Friedrich J. Stahl.
We cannot say that what is good for the individual or the community is devoid of moral content. And moral content is determined by God’s decree, be it a direct command from God, or an eternal decree regarding the purpose of man, which is to glorify God and enjoy Him for eternity.